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Father, writer, husband, publisher, gamer, geek

Howdy, I’m Martin Ralya. I’m a proposal writer by day and an award-winning small-press publisher, author, and GMing blogger by night.

I live in Utah with my amazing wife, Alysia, our awesome daughter, Lark, and our nutty dog, Wicket, in a house full of books, games, and movies.

MartinRalya.com is my online hub — an easy way to check out my published work, get in touch, and see what I’m up to. Blogging is one of my main creative outlets, and you can read my work on Gnome Stew and Yore. If you’d like to get in touch, feel free to email me.

Engine Publishing

In 2009, I started a small-press publishing company, Engine Publishing. We’ve sold over 10,000 copies of our books since our first release in June 2010. Three of our titles are in the top ~75 out of over 30,000 products on the RPG industry’s largest PDF retail site, DriveThruRPG, and the fourth is in the top 3%. I headed up a team of 19 people for our first book, 22 people for our second, nine for our third, and 10 for our fourth product, and working with talented and creative folks has been a fabulous experience every time.

Our books are available in print and PDF in the Engine Publishing store as well as elsewhere online, and are distributed to retail game stores worldwide by Studio 2 Publishing.

Gnome Stew

I started gaming in 1987, and I’m passionate about game mastering (GMing). I’ve been running websites since 1999, and have written over 1,200 GMing articles online since 2005. Currently, I run and contribute to Gnome Stew, the most widely read game mastering blog on the planet, which has had over 2,000,000 visitors since it launched in 2008. Along with a team of other authors and veteran GMs, I publish new GMing articles on the Stew every month; together, we’ve posted over 2,000 articles. (See all of my articles.)

Freelance Writing

I was a freelance writer for the RPG industry from 2004 to 2009, with 25 published credits and roughly 90,000 words in print. In 2008, I became a founding member of the Council of Creators for Maslow Six Entertainment, and from 2008 to 2011 I wrote a large amount of material on a wide range of topics for them. (None of it has been published to date, which is why I can’t provide additional details.)

Although my focus these days is on publishing, I’m always interested in freelance opportunities. I love to write, and I’m experienced at writing both rules material and descriptive text, as well as editing, design, and development. I’ve worked in a variety of genres and for numerous different companies, including Paizo Publishing, Goodman Games, Tabletop Adventures, and Expeditious Retreat Press. I have never missed a deadline.

Awards

My work and the books I publish have won and been nominated for several RPG industry awards over the years, and I’m grateful that things I love doing have earned this kind of recognition.

Awards:

  • Gold ENnie Award for Best Website — Gnome Stew (2013)
  • Gold ENnie Award for Best Blog — Gnome Stew (2013)
  • RPG Site of the Year Award — Gnome Stew (2013)
  • Gold ENnie Award for Best Aid/Accessory — Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game (2012)
  • Gold ENnie Award for Best Blog — Gnome Stew (2012)
  • Silver ENnie Award for Best Blog — Gnome Stew (2011)
  • Silver ENnie Award for Best Blog — Gnome Stew (2010)

Nominations:

  • Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement — Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management (2014)
  • ENnie Award nominee for Best Writing — Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep (2013)
  • ENnie Award nominee for Fans’ Favorite Publisher — Engine Publishing (2013)
  • Origins Award nominee for Best Game-Related Publication — Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep (2013)
  • ENnie Award nominee for Product of the Year — Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game (2012)
  • Golden Geek Award Nominee for Best Supplement — Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep (2012)
  • Golden Geek Award Nominee for Best Supplement — Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game (2012)
  • RPG Site of the Year nominee — Gnome Stew (2012)
  • Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement — Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters (2010)
  • ENnie Award nominee for Best Fan Site — Treasure Tables (2007)
  • ENnie Award nominee for Best Electronic Book — Bits of the Wilderness: Into the Open (2006)